The five biggest mistakes you can make in an interview
There can be few feelings more disappointing than walking out of a job interview, and knowing already that you haven’t got the job (believe it or not, it’s even happened to some of us here at Big Motoring World in the past). That feeling of having let yourself down is particularly hard to take, especially if you’ve put a lot of work in to prepare for the interview. So, here are few pointers on some of the commonest mistakes that candidates make when they come in for interview. Believe us, we’ve seen them all.
Being late. Or early.
Being late shows a lack of respect for the people who are waiting for you, as well as a worrying lack of personal organisational skills. Being early - really early - puts pressure on your interviewers to come out and talk to you before they’re ready. Stick to turning up five minutes before the set time.
Not telling a good story about yourself
A pretty serious issue in the sales world - because our industry is built on the ability of salespeople to tell a good story. So if you’re not able to sell yourself, and to give a powerful, concise and compelling picture of how your own personal ‘brand’ has developed over the years, you’re not going to get far.
Not knowing enough about the role you’re interested in.
Another fundamental blunder we see surprisingly often - a complete failure to do your research. With the amount of information that is now available online there is absolutely no excuse for not finding out even just the most basic facts about the role and the business you’re interested in.
Asking about money
It’s a basic, but using your first interview to make demands about how much you’d like to be paid probably isn’t a good idea. Obviously discuss it if they bring it up, but remember that applying for and getting a job is process - there will be plenty of time to discuss money later on, when you’ll also have a far better idea how much they like you.
Making your prospective employer feel like they are just a stepping stone in your career.
OK, so most employers will probably realise that the job you’re interviewing for maybe isn’t your dream job that you will do for the rest of your life. You don’t need to tell them that. Never say “I really want to do X, so I think this is a great next step.” The next step you take will probably be back out the door.
Not following up
It takes ten seconds to send a quick email to say how much you enjoyed meeting your prospective employer and to thank them for their time - but it makes a hugely positive impression. Don’t disappear once the interview is over.